GeekPic @ Fimmvörðuháls

GeekPic @ Fimmvörðuháls

Last update: 20 November 2020

This is probably one of the geekiest GeekPics (and least flattering!) of them all…
But I’m proud of it nevertheless! 😉

Fimmvörðuháls fissure lava flow

Following up from the Mountains & Volcanoes NaturePic series, this picture is at the intimidating steaming heaps of the Fimmvörðuháls fissure lava flow in Iceland. I had to brave howling winds in order to even stay upright, while holding a relic lava rock that was coughed up by the mighty Eyjafjallajökull himself.

Magni and Móði craters

The nearby Magni and Móði craters were still steaming at their edges. I would have loved to bumble around in them, but the wind was just too brutal to even try & attempt. It was difficult enough not to be blown off the mountain on the way down to Þórsmörk. But I would definitely do this walk again. And stay overnight at the cozy Fimmvörðuháls mountain hut, where epic sunsets can be enjoyed 🙂

And I actually did a couple of years later. This time I hiked up to Fimmvörðuháls and the Magni and Móði craters from the Thórsmörk side, on a beautiful & wind-free Autumn day.

Fimmvörðuháls fissure lava flow. Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland
GeekPic @ Fimmvörðuháls lava flow, Iceland.

Find out more about the Fimmvörðuháls hiking route

You can read the story about Fimmvörðuháls here. It describes both sides of the route: the ‘easy way up’ from Skógar and the ‘hard way up’ from Thórsmörk. Plus an unexpected grand encore! 😉 The interactive map below shows the hiking route from Skógar to the Fimmvörðuháls hut and down into Thórsmörk in purple.

(c) Nancy Claus – Wilderness Coffee & Natural High

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More stories & inspiration

Fimmvörðuháls – The fiery pass across Eyjafjallajökull

Vestmannaeyjar – Þar sem hjartað slær

The walking track to Eldfell – The Fiery Mountain

Thórsmörk – Rjúpnafell and the hidden valley

GeekPic – What is a geek pic?

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